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DRAFT NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? April 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.


25-27 April 2014 - Budleigh Guitar Festival - Budleigh Salterton
Contact: 01395 443419 or 07891 663044. Email: info@gypsymusicpromotions.co.uk.

UPDATED Session news: Next Session in Ashprington Thursday 24 April
Andy Clarke describes this session thus: "A friendly mixed acoustic session for singers and musicians of all abilities and styles whether contemporary or traditional within the folk genre. So if people would like to play English,Irish, Welsh,Tibetan American or even French music or sing a Gallic air or just listen, all are very welcome." Note: Andy won't be there himself on 24/4 because he is guesting at Teignmouth Folk Club.



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Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 15 April 2014
I've had very limited time available so only the most urgent updates are included tonight (and they were received with plenty of notice). Otherwise, the listing below includes reminders for all events I know of over the next week and a half or so. More, and longer-term, updates will hopefully follow next week. The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

NEW Friday 18 April 2014 7.45pm -  d'Accord! - Ide Village Hall, Ide, Nr Exeter (map)
Regular 3rd Friday French and Breton dance with live music, 3 bands (Le Raz, Poisson Rouge & TRaM ), some dances taught. Details tel. 01392 811593, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com..

UPDATED Saturday 19 April 2014 8pm - Pete Morton - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
One of the UK's finest songwriters of emotionally-driven songs delivered with a distinctive voice. One of his highly-acclaimed songs "Another Train" (see www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh5Ilhs-SF4) has been recorded by several performers. Pete also performs with Maggie Boyle, Chris Parkinson and Roger Wilson, among others. www.petemorton.com. Support: DevonBird www.devonbird.co.uk  + The Cornelius Family. Tickets £8 adv, £10 door, info / ticket reservations contact: leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Saturday 19 April 2014 -  The Sweet Lowdown - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Nominated by the Canadian Folk Music Awards as Vocal Group of the Year 2013, The Sweet Lowdown blend original songwriting and three-part harmonies with an old-time instrumental groove. This award-winning acoustic roots trio from Victoria, B.C. creates a unique yet timeless sound that takes listeners on a pleasurable and memorable journey. Full details www.calstockarts.org/saturday-19-april-the-sweet-lowdown.

Wednesday 23 April 2014 8pm - Jurassic Folk presents: Exmouth Shanty Men - Dolphin Hotel, Beer EX12 3EQ (map)
A rousing Shanty Night in the seafaring village of Beer, the songs and the beer will be flowing! Call 01297 20064 or book online at www.wegottickets.com/event/261148. www.eastdevonfolk.org

NEW New time Thursday 24 April 2014 8pm - Andy Clarke & Steve Tyler - Teignmouth Folk Club, Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
Free admission. Andy (bouzouki, guitar, vocals) and Steve (hurdy-gurdy, cittern) have recently released a highly-rated CD on Wildgoose Records. Come along and see what all the rave reviews were about! More details from Martyn Hillstead 01626 778071.

Thursday 24 April 2014 8.15pm - Nic Jones & Joe Jones - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter EX4 3ET (map)
This will be the best opportunity you'll ever get to see Nic Jones and his son Joe perform in a small intimate venue. This is a one off gig ahead of their planned UK tour in October and will be your only chance to see them in this neck of the woods. Online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/268188 £18+.

Thursday 24 April 2014 - Blackheart - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. + special guests. In 4 years British multi-instrumentalist duo Blackheart have recorded three albums, enjoyed airplay in nearly every country in the world and played successful tours of UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands plus two headline tours of Australia and New Zealand. Their music and unique sound shun categorisation, combining acoustic instruments and the voice of Chrissy Mostyn with ancient synthesisers, effects, atmospherics and electronica to create a new brand of avant-garde ethereal folk. Their highly personal, haunting music is flavoured with piercing observations and penetrating lyrics which, as Australia's Western Star commented, “Take their audiences from uplifting to heartbreaking in a single song.” Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!blackheart/c1g22.

Thursday 24 April 2014 - Emily Portman - Exeter Phoenix (map)
Singer, writer and concertina player hailed ‘one of the new British folk scene’s most beguiling presences’ (Uncut). BBC Folk Award Winner: Best Original Song 2013. Inspired by the darker underbelly of folklore and balladry, Emily weaves harmony-rich narratives alongside Lucy Farrell (viola) and Rachel Newton (harp). Box office 01392 667080. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/emily-portman

Thursday 24 April 2014 - Amy Wadge & Pete Riley - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A 2nd visit from this popular duo. Over 7 albums, singer/songwriter Amy has established an outstanding body of work to wide critical acclaim. “An irresistible, riveting performer” (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2), her voice has a breathtaking range and emotional impact that stops you in your tracks. She’s written with Marti Pellow and Chris Difford, and opened for Van Morrison, Damien Rice, Jeff Becks, and more. Singer/songwriter Pete has performed worldwide with many major artists, latterly writing and playing with US platinum recording star Edwin McCain. www.amywadge.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

24-26 April 2014 - Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival - Newton Abbot
Entertainment includes Nicky Swann (Sat 24th afternoon) and State Of Undress (Sat 24th early evening). Details www.edwintucker.co.uk/beer-festival/2014-22/#.Ux8Jec7zv6d.

Friday 25 April 2014 - Urban Folk Quartet - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Four highly accomplished musicians (
Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Dan Walsh and Tom Chapman), a dozen instruments and four voices coming together to craft a knockout show of globally–influenced, electrifying acoustic music that has been taking the international folk scene by storm. Hitting the ground running in 2009, The UFQ’s trail has blazed across ten countries, igniting audiences worldwide with their high octane, genre-bending take on folk. 2014 brings further new direction as founding member Frank Moon steps out of touring life, passing the torch to banjo virtuoso, singer and guitarist Dan Walsh for what is set to be the band’s most adventurous year so far. Details www.calstockhall.com.

Friday 25 April 2014 9pm - Will McNicol - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Will began playing guitar at the age of six, and since then has gone on to become UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year (2011) and a Fellow of Trinity College London for his playing and compositions. He has released three albums of original material, and has gigged up and down the country; whether it be headlining his own solo shows, or supporting artists from Pierre Bensusan to Mumford & Sons. Will's music is influenced by styles from all over the world, and he has developed his own unique sound, with Celtic folk being the underlying inspiration behind a large majority of his own pieces. His performances have been described as "beautifully flawless", as he swaps between nylon and steel string guitars to show the sheer variety of tone guitars can offer. www.willmcnicol.co.uk. Tickets £4 adv from 01752 242021 or www.wegottickets.com/event/259361.

Fridays 25 April, 2 May 2014 7.30-9.30pm - Callington Furry Dance & Cornish Dance Workshops - Callington Town Hall, New Road, Callington, PL17 7BD
(2nd of 3, others 4/4 and 2/5) Prepare for Callington MayFest. If you are a musician come and play some Cornish music for dancing. Come and learn some Cornish dances. Rather like a do it yourself Nos Lowen. Dances lead by Carmen Hunt, music lead by Rosie Fierek. For more information email caveatcallington@gmail.com. Free adjacent car parking.

NEW Friday 25 April 2014 - Geoff Lakeman - George Hotel, South Molton (map)
A bit out of our usual coverage area, but a rare solo appearance by an old friend of Harberton Folk. Details www.georgehotelsouthmolton.co.uk. Tel. 01769 572514.

Friday 25/26 April 2014 - 24 Hour Music Marathon - Live At Plainmoor, Torquay United Football Ground
A Charity Event in conjuction with Imprezza. Tickets £5, U12s £1.
Covers entrance for the 24 hours so you can come and go as you please. A wide range of music from rock to folk so for a full listing contact Sharon on 07837 708406 or email sharoncox@torquayunited.com.Food and drinks available. Doors open Fri 25th at noon and close Sat 26th at noon. More details www.torquayunited.com/news/article/music-around-the-clock-1440821.aspx.

Saturday 26 April 2014 - Jenna Witts & Amy Newton - George Hotel, South Molton (map)
Jenna Witts & Amy Newton have performed together on several occasions and are always well received!! They are local girls with an international reputation. Their songwriting is sensational and their voices blend to perfection. Details www.georgehotelsouthmolton.co.uk. Tel. 01769 572514.

Saturday 26 April 2014 7.30pm - Ceilidh/Barn Dance with Mrs Crotty's Rumpus - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Caller Ken Hudson. Harberton Cricket Club fundraiser towards a more reliable water supply to their new pavilion. Tickets £8 adult, £4 U18. Licensed bar and BBQ. Tickets from Angus Ogilvy-Stuart 01803 411620.

Saturday 26 April 2014 - Great Western Ceilidh with Bedlam - Bowhill School, Buddle Lane, Exeter EX4 1JT (map)
To finish the season with a bang, a visit by some old friends. A vibrant and pulsating sound, blending traditional British, French and self-penned tunes with driving rhythms and powerful harmonies. Don't miss it! . Tickets £9 and concs. To book in advance email ceilidhs@great-western.org.uk or call 01392 217152. www.great-western.org.uk/ceilidhs/index.htm.

Saturday 26 April 2014 7.30pm - An evening with Matt Harvey & Jim Causley - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
A South Brent Folk Festival event: Matt Harvey is a well-known writer and poet. Devon folk singer Jim Causley has been involved with the local folk from an early age. He studied Jazz & Popular Music at Exeter College he went on to study Traditional Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is renowned for his warm, rich and mature singing voice (quoted as being akin to the fruitiest of real ales!) his natural gift for interpreting song and his wry and cheeky stage presence. He has recorded a number of CDs most recently ‘Cypress Well’ - song settings of poems by his ancestor Charles Causley and has been a nominee for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Reel Ale bar. Tickets £10 adv from artworks www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk or £12 door. Information: Eileen McKee tel 01364 73699 email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year to support the South Brent Folk Festival (July 11/12 2014).

NEW Sunday 27 April 2014 7.45pm - Sarah McQuaid - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill PL21 9EE (map)
A superbly polished performer, Sarah is a wonderful singer whose material reflects her cosmopolitan background (Spanish father, American mother, dual Irish/American citizenship). She is a highly accomplished songwriter/guitarist, who interprets an eclectic mix of songs and powerful, original material. Book by email folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk

UPDATED Postcode/map/name corrections Saturday 10 May 2014 7-10pm - Piece of Rough Ceilidh - St Thomas Church Hall, Cowick St, Exeter, Devon, EX2 9BQ (map)
Car parking available. £5 adults £2.50 child. Pasty and soft drink included, BYO alcoholic drink. Tickets available from Georgina 07950 989916.

Richie's listings for live music in April in East Devon
are available here now: www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/richie.htm

Hazel Morris Sticks Available
After a major coppicing operation a few months ago, I can supply 'from stock' a couple of dozen fairly substantial (inch-and-a-quarter to inch-and-a-half approx. diameter) stripped hazel morris sticks, and/or a similar quantity of thinner stripped hazel sticks, all up to about 32/33 inch length. When they're gone, they're gone until next winter. First come first served. Buyer collects (from Harberton). Please reply to this email if interested.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings and details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
Monday 28 April - The Fureys & Davey Arthur - Exeter Corn Exchange
Monday 28 April - Jim Moray Band - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Tuesday 29 April - Mick Ryan's WW1 Folk Opera: A Day's Work - Lympstone Village Hall
Friday 2 May Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – Upstairs @ Crown & Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay
Friday 2 May - Ceilidh
with WoRTS 'N ALL - Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
Friday 9 May - Chris Wood - Otterton Mill
Cancelled 9-11 May - Crediton Folk Weekend: Early Spring Festival, Cheriton Fitzpaine, near Crediton
Friday 23 May - Acoustic Strawbs - Live At Plainmoor, Torquay United Football Ground

John Culf
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.


Harberton Folk Circular - Monday 31 March 2014
This must be a record - only 5 days since the last circular - but there's already so much new information out there. Best get it out before the volume becomes overwhelming. The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

NEW Friday 2 May 2014 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their dance-demanding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz and bluegrass. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to spectacular and infectious effect, these musical magicians are synonymous not only with a damn good party but also with quality musicianship and the odd surprise. More details, bookings etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/mad-dog-mcrea.
The Barrel House programme also includes: 16/5 Ruarri Joseph; 6/6 Martin Harley Band; 20/6 Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman; 26/9 Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

NEW Friday 9 May 2014 9pm - Rue Royale - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Anglo-American indie folk duo playing "hypnotic indie-folk-pop influenced by American and British folk, soul and rock", inspired by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead, Grandaddy, John Martyn, Jose Gonzalez and Elbow www.rueroyalemusic.com. Support: Tobias Ben Jacob. Tickets £3 adv from 01752 242021 or www.wegottickets.com/event/262094

NEW Saturday 10 May 2014 - Ian Bruce & Ian Walker - Smugglers Story, Brixham Harbourside
Featuring the internationally acclaimed and hugely talented Scottish duo, with special guests Maggie Duffy and Mike Weed. Concert takes place in the new inhouse chapel - an intimate space holding just 45 people. Some tickets have already been reserved so please do book early. Cafe / restaurant will be open before concert and during interval for soft drinks and snacks. The two Ian's don't often get this far south so this is likely to be the last time you get to see them for a while, in fact Maggie and Mike were special guests the last time Ian Bruce came to the south west and that was 5 years ago! Tickets £9, only available from Maggie on 01803 855961.

NEW Saturday 10 May 2014 7-10pm - Wren Music Ceilidh - St Thomas Church Hall, Cowick St, Exeter, Devon, EX4 1AP (map)
Car parking available. £5 adults £2.50 child. Pasty and soft drink included, BYO alcoholic drink. Tickets available from Georgina 07950 989916

NEW Saturday 24 May 2014 7.30pm - Malborough 2014 Scarecrow Trail Family Ceilidh - Malborough Village Hall nr Kingsbridge
With the Dawntreader Ceilidh Band. Evening starts 7pm, with food at 8pm. Tickets: adult £8, U16 £5, family (2+2) £20 available from Malborough Post Office or call 01548 562058.

NEW Saturday 31 May 2014 7.30pm - Belshazzar’s Feast - St Mary's Church, Throwleigh, NE Dartmoor EX20 2HU (area map)
The Friends of Throwleigh Church are pleased to announce that the folk duo Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) will be making use of the wonderful acoustics of the ancient church building (zoomed-in map). “They play like no-one else you've ever heard. Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.” BBC Radio 2 Mike Harding. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Book tickets in advance, £12 adult, £6 U17, call 01647 231051 or email: enquiries[at]dhatton.plus.com

NEW Show of Hands' only 2014 tour just announced
Fri/Sat 5/6 December 2014 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ

The only tour of the year, last two dates, and the only gigs in our coverage area (nearest others are Barnstaple and Yeovil). Enjoy a full evening of Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes - two sets with no support. See www.showofhands.co.uk for details.

NEW Callington Mayfest - Workshops and Events, various dates
Fridays 4 / 25 April, 2 May 2014 7.30-9.30pm - Callington Furry Dance & Cornish Dance Workshops - Callington Town Hall, New Road, Callington, PL17 7BD

Prepare for Callington MayFest. If you are a musician come and play some Cornish music for dancing. Come and learn some Cornish dances. Rather like a do it yourself Nos Lowen. Dances lead by Carmen Hunt, music lead by Rosie Fierek. For more information email caveatcallington@gmail.com. Free adjacent car parking.
Saturday 10 May 2014 1pm - Callington Mayfest
Procession followed by dancing in and around town until 4pm, with Breton dancers, Plymouth Morris Men, Plymouth Maids, Wreckers Border Morris, Cornish dance group Hevva, dancers from Callington College with the Maypole street dance fusion. Website http://callingtoncave.weebly.com. For more information email caveatcallington@gmail.com.
Saturday 10 May - Evening dance with Dalla at Callington Town Hall, New Road, Callington, PL17 7BD

NEW Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast - www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends



Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 26 March 2014
There follow all events, both new and reminders, for the next fortnight or so plus a number of new events for the following months - the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
I try to stay reasonably 'on topic' most of the time, i.e. 'folk',
because that's what people have signed up for, but that can of course mean many things to many people. And I keep mostly to my stated geographical coverage area which is defined loosely and arbitrarily as "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes" which actually covers most of the southern half of Devon. I occasionally stray into the realms of Americana, blues and other acoustic musics - and a slightly wider geographical area - but I aim to keep these excursions to a minimum! Despite that these email listings do become rather extensive at times, but that just goes to prove what a great we live in for live music.
Do remember that many of the regular venues I list have full arts programmes covering a plethora of genres so take some time and peruse the websites of places like Exeter Phoenix, Otterton Mill, South Devon Arts Centre (Totnes), Calstock Arts, the B-Bar (Plymouth), Exeter Corn Exchange and others you will find on the Links page on

NEW Monday 28 April 2014 8pm - The Fureys & Davey Arthur - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
Renowned for their hit songs 'I will love you', 'When you were sweet 16', 'The Green fields of France', 'The old man', 'Red rose café', 'From Clare to here', 'Her father didn't like me anyway', 'Leaving Nancy', 'Steal away' etc, the Fureys & Davey Arthur have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 36 years. They are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk / middle of the road based songs and music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls in the world. Their emotive songs stir many emotions....tears and laughter, sadness and joy. A Fureys concert is always a night to remember. £18. Box office 01392 665938. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=14592

NEW Monday 28 April 2014 8pm - Jim Moray Band - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Jim Moray is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in English traditional music today. Winner of five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, after five ground-breaking albums he now finds himself at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians. In 2013 he celebrated both 10 years since his landmark debut album Sweet England and the success of his 2012 career best Skulk. Now he brings material from his forthcoming album of traditional ballads out on the road for an evening of storytelling music at its best. “This new set shows him moving towards the mainstream, relying on his fine, distinctive voice rather than shock tactics… One of the folk scenes great originals” The Guardian. Booking details www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/jim-moray.

NEW Tuesday 29 April 2014 8pm - Mick Ryans' WW1 Folk Opera: A Day's Work - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
Come and hear this folk opera set one hundred years ago to commemorate the Great War. With Mick Ryan, Paul Downes, Maggie Boyle, Heather Bradford, Matt Quinn, Greg Russell and Pete Morton. This is another opportunity to hear the team which takes the opera on UK tour following this preview. Currently they are in the studio making the final recording. £10, U16 £5. Tickets available from April 1 (yes really!). Phone 01395 272243 or 07516 322853. Full details www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk/events/2014/a-days-work.php.

NEW Friday 2 May 2014 8pm Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – Upstairs @ Crown & Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Nominated in two categories in the 2014 Radio 2 Folk Awards. Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance and melancholy in the simplest phrase and effortlessly sends it straight to your heart. Ben’s musical tact and mastery of the guitar provide the perfect setting and allow the song centre-stage. Their work together combines an exquisite command of their instruments with lyrics steeped in the tradition of English songwriting, and in ageless stories of love and loss. Expect spine-tingling vocals, great guitar work, quirky humour and a Sandy Denny tune or two. Tickets £10 adv from 01803 328290.

NEW Friday 2 May 2014 7.30pm - Ceilidh with WoRTS 'N ALL - Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
Caller Tom Addison. Tickets £5 on the door. Part of Grimspound Border Morris' third annual May Fest 2-4 May when Border Morris, Cotswold Morris and Clog dance sides  from around Devon and the south converge on Bovey Tracey for a weekend of Music, Dancing, and Fun. Saturday: Dancing 10.30am-4pm, at Riverside Inn, Cromwell Arms, Dolphin Hotel and Mill Marsh Park; May Fest Market: many stalls situated at Mill Marsh Park Bovey Tracey, Craft stalls, food stalls, even a beer tent, bigger and better every year 10.30am-4pm. Saturday night: Cromwell Arms all sides get together for a combined music session. Musicians welcome to come, young and old, all levels of ability. Great atmosphere last year, let’s make it even better. Sunday: Dancing from 11am at Cromwell Arms, Riverside Inn and Dolphin Hotel. 1.30-3.30pm all sides come together to dance at the Riverside Inn.

NEW Friday 9 May 2014 - Chris Wood - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A 1st Mill visit from one of the UK’s most original singer/songwriters. Winner of Singer of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, as well as Best Album and Best Original Song, Chris is widely acknowledged as a brilliant exponent of the topical troubadour form. Originally trained as a chorister, Chris draws on classical influences as well as his deep love for English folk, and is a master at melding traditional song with contemporary themes. Chris plays the guitar, fiddle and viola, and will showcase his latest critically acclaimed CD None The Wiser. www.chriswoodmusic.co.uk. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Cancelled 9-11 May 2014 - Crediton Folk Weekend: Early Spring Festival, Cheriton Fitzpaine, near Crediton
The organisers are sorry to announce that this year's Crediton Folk Weekend has been cancelled due to various unforseen circumstances www.poppyrecords.co.uk/crediton/cred.htm.

NEW Friday 23 May 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Live At Plainmoor, Torquay United Football Ground
Support: Janet Ventre. Details www.torquayunited.com/news/article/live-at-plainmoor-the-strawbs-1421224.aspx. Tickets £15 concert only; two course pre dinner £5 / £7 to be booked in advance. Ticket and meal offer £2 discount. Contact Sharon on 07837 708406 or email sharoncox@torquayunited.com.

NEW Saturday 24 May 2014 - Spring Fayre - The Strand, Exmouth
As a new addition to the Exmouth Festival programme, The Exmouth Shanty Men are hosting a packed afternoon (until 6pm) of shanties, dancing, military music and other traditional activities in The Strand. After the Town Criers' Competition at 11am by shanty crews including The Old Gaffers, Wareham Whalers & Mariners Away. Beltane Border Morris side will be dancing and also contributing are the Royal Marines Band & Exmouth Folk Dance Club. Plus all the fun of the fair. All free of charge but buckets for donations in support of the Exmouth Festival will be in evidence. www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

NEW Tuesday 27 May 2014 7pm - Shanty Cruise - River Exe from Exmouth
With thanks to the generosity of Stuart Line Cruises who give all the ticket money received to the Exmouth Festival of which this cruise is a part, The Exmouth Shanty Men will once again be gliding gently on 'The Pride of Exmouth' up the stunning Exe estuary and singing as we go. Departing Exmouth Docks 7pm, returning around 9.30pm. Always popular so book early! Bookings and details: www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk/timetable or phone 01395 222144. Festival information: www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 15 June 2014 10.15am-2pm - d'Accord River Exe Boat Trip - dep. Exmouth
A superb trip on the River Exe with the very best French music and dance. With a session on the top deck and music and dancing on the lower deck together with superb scenery all around this is an event not to be missed. Previous trips have been full! All musicians and dancers/ non-dancers welcome. Adult £15, child £8 (adv tickets only, deadline 1 June, tickets non-refundable). Includes a fantastic buffet lunch (veggie option). For information or tickets contact Russell 01297 551195 or Mike 01392 811593, or email daccordexeter9@gmail.com.

NEW Sunday 13 July 2014 8pm – Paul Downes – Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
One of the most able and talented yet underrated singer/guitarists on the folk scene. (The Folk Diary) Always an incisive guitarist and, over time, has developed a smoothness and depth in his singing voice together with estimable songwriting skills. (Folk Roots) www.pauldownes.com. Tickets £6 adv (£8 door), available on any club night, telephone 01626 362528 or email acoustic.warehouse@gmail.com. www.myspace.com/acoustic_warehouse.

UPDATED 15-17 August 2014 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park, east of Exeter
First announcement of acts was made recently, including Seasick Steve, Levellers, Bellowhead, Steeleye Span, Seth Lakeman, Fisherman's Friends, The Bad Shepherds, 3 Daft Monkeys... Weekend tickets on sale now (no day tickets). www.beautifuldays.org

18-22 August 2014 - Joe Broughton's 7th Annual Folkworld Course - Rattery Village Hall nr Totnes TQ10 9LD
We do hope that you will join us for another fantastic Folkworld week. Last year the course was full and this year we will be limiting the places further as Paloma will only be able to be with us part time (due to having an 8 week old baby at that point!). Course Director: Joe Broughton. Student age range: 10-21 years. Cost: £220 total. Deposit £50 payable on booking (non-refundable), balance £170 paid on 18th August. For more information please don't hesitate to contact Joe direct: joebroughton@talktalk.net. To book please send a cheque for your non-refundable deposit to Joe Broughton, 19 Loxley Road, Birmingham, B67 5BL and clearly state your name and name of student(s) and your email address. Course sessions: 18/1 10am-4pm, 19/8 1.30-4.15pm (no morning session), 20/8 10am-4.15pm, 21/8 10am-4.15pm, 22/8 10am-5pm (3pm concert - all welcome)

New programme for Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG  (map)
East Devon’s Otterton Mill has just released its forthcoming season of acoustic music, held in the intimate environment of its restaurant. Early booking always strongly advised. Full details at www.ottertonmill.com.
The new programme  features: 24/4 Amy Wadge & Pete Riley, 9/5 Chris Wood, 22/5 Helen Watson & Mark Creswell, 29/5 Louise Parker, 5/6 Tia McGraff, 13/6 Ken Nicol & Becky Mills, 26/6 Veronica Sbergia & Max de Bernhardi.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings and details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
Saturday 26 April - Elkie Brooks - Exeter Corn Exchange
Tuesday 29 April - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Exmouth Folk Club, Manor Hotel, Exmouth
Friday 2 May - Martyn Joseph - Village Hall, Station Road, Bow, nr Crediton
Saturday 3 May - Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain - Riverside Leisure Centre, Exeter
Sunday 11 May - Paul Downes & Phil Beer - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham
Saturday 17 May - Urban Folk Quartet - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes
Sunday 18 May - Steve Knightley - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth
Sunday 18 May – New Rope String Band - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton
Saturday 24 May - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - St Bartholomews Church, Coffinswell, Newton Abbot
25-31 May - John Jones & The Reluctant Ramblers: Two Moors, Two Seas
Thursday 26 June - Folk at the Flavel: Richard Digance
- The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth
Sunday 6 July – The Home Service - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton
Thursday 24 July - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Otterton Mill
Friday 5 September - James Taylor - Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 14 September - Altan - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton
Sunday 28 September - Dervish - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton
Saturday 4 October - Jackie Oates - South Brent Village Hall
Saturday 25 October - Seth Lakeman - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Sunday 16 November - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham
Saturday 16 November - Bellowhead - Plymouth Pavilions
Friday 21 November - Joan Armatrading - Exeter Corn Exchange


General items retained from previous circulars

Feature: Concerts at Bow Village Hall (nr Crediton), Station Road, Bow EX17 6HU (map)
Contact 01363 82379. Full details, ticketing etc. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.
Friday 2 May 2014 8pm - Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, with shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews as well – but he stands in his own right, with a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.
Saturday 13 September 2014 8pm - Phil Beer solo
As one half of Show Of Hands Phil has gained a huge following and is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.

Session News
1) Celtic music session at The Walkhampton Inn (Yelverton/Dousland area) Devon. 2nd Sunday each month from 8pm.
2) Monday 17 March 2014 7pm - St Patrick's Night Session - Seymour Arms, 10 Seymour Street, Plymouth PL4 8DT
Following on from the previous excellent Seymour Sessions, this one will be a Session Plus. The early part of the evening (up until about 9.30pm-ish) will be an acoustic come-all-ye, and then we will ramp things up a notch or two with some amplified sets from Les & Andy, and Scraping The Barrel (Nik, Nigel, Jake, and David).


Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 16 May - Eliza Gilkyson
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

Artists sought for The Feast of St James Festival in Tiverton on 19 July 2014
We are looking for artists based on a traditional theme - hopefully medieval music? but also interested in more upbeat musicians as well which may be loosely medieval in context. We have a day time event and an evening event also. I am open to ideas and would look forward to any contacts who may be of interest at this stage. I am looking for: Morris dancers, individual street folk musician(s), bands? Please contact me, reference Tiverton Town Team: Dawn Chilcott, Tiverton Town Team Co-ordinator, Challen House, 17 The Avenue, Tiverton, Devon EX16 4HP tel. 01884 242212 / 07989 973301, email dawnchilcott[at]btconnect.com.


Words & Music for Good Causes
A new spoken-word performance group based in South Devon would love to hear from any traditional players/singers who might be interested in collaborating on occasional projects/events for selected charities (a recent example involved musicians and readers presenting international poetry for Amnesty). Please contact Chris Waters on: waterschris@live.com.

Budleigh Assorted Tunes' programme at The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6RJ (map)
now includes the following (details in the Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk), with pre-bookable food usually available from 6.30pm:
Sunday 16 March – Emily Smith Trio
Sunday 6 July – The Home Service
New Sunday 14 September - Altan with very special guests Chris Newman & Máire Ní Chathasaigh
New Sunday 28 September - Dervish
Special ticket offer: Book 3 pairs of seated tickets for any 3 gigs (or 6 single tickets for any six gigs!) for £99 total (providing they are not already sold out)...no extra booking charge, no credit card charge! Valid from now until the first show of 2014 with the brilliant Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver on Sunday 26 January). More info also at www.facebook.com/gypsymusicpromotions.


Session News
Totnes: Bay Horse Inn
, 8 Cistern Street TQ9 5SP (01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com)
Traditional Open Session: First & third Mondays of every month, 8.45pm – 11pm. Players and singers welcome.
Traditional Singing Session: Second & fourth Tuesdays of the month, 8.45 - 11pm. Exploring British folk.
Eli’s Open Session: Every Thursday, 8.45 - 11pm. Singer/songwriters, musicians, percussionists – all welcome.
Bluegrass Session: Second Sunday each Month, 8.30pm - 11pm. Players welcome.

New Venue for 2014: Starz Bar in Exeter - Exeter Folk Project
Gigs start in the New Year, downstairs in the lounge bar, all seated (55-60 seats). More at www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject. Location: 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter, EX4 3ET. The line-up to date: 23/1/14 Blair Dumlop; 20/2/14 Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar; 27/3/14 O'Hooley & Tidow

Crabshell Records Kingsbridge
We don't normally advertise this sort of thing, but Neil does a great job with Kingsbridge-based Crabshell Records ("Any money raised over expenses will be entirely dedicated to promoting live music of the tradition in and around Kingsbridge") , mostly involving local South Devon performers including Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, and The Storm, or his own previous events. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Publications.html for the lastest info (and also www.shamstrad.co.uk/crabshellrecords.htm).

Session news
The first Malborough Open Mike at the Royal Oak will be on November 28th, no Open Mike in December but then regularly on the 4th Thursday of the month from January 2014. All styles of music welcome. Come along and play/sing or listen.9pm start but come a little earlier if you want to play or phone Mahrey/Phil on 01548 853593.
The Malborough Jam Session (all styles of music from folk to blues and rock, join in or listen) continues on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, and there will be a festive feel to the music on 11th December. 8.30pm start.
For more info on either of these contact Mahrey/Phil on 01548 853593 or Julia/Howard on 01803 864674. For the Royal Oak contact 01548 561481.
More session news (extracted from Tony Watts' emailed Acoustic Calendar for Wessex updates, see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com, info reproduced in good faith, contact Tony - not me - with any feedback, or to join his email list)
Plymouth: The Crown & Anchor, 10-11 The Barbican PL1 2LS (01752 224572) - Every Tuesday, 8pm. Open mic.
RIP (i.e. discontinued)
Plymouth: Blue Peter Inn, 68 Pomphlett Road PL9 7BN (01752 941794) - First Thursday of the month. Mixed folk session.
The landlord is still willing to host musicians if anyone would like to get a session together.
Plymouth: The Dolphin, 14 The Barbican PL1 2LS (01752 660876, Martin: 01752 550768) - First Sunday of the month, 1pm till early evening. Music and song session.
Plymouth: Minerva Inn, 31 Looe Street PL4 0EA (01752 223047) - Open Mic: First Wednesday of the month, 8.30pm.
NB: The Thursday folk session is still alive and well.

Wren Music: Newton Abbot Roots Band for 8 to 16 Year Olds
All acoustic instruments welcome ~ All abilities welcome – no auditions ~ Make new friends and have fun! ~ Loads of instruments to try ~ Learn new tunes ~ Create and arrange music ~ Opportunities to perform
Times: 5pm to 6.30pm on Thursdays. Dates are: 7, 14, 21, 28 Nov, 5 Dec . Venue: The Music Workshop, Newton Abbot College, Old Exeter Rd Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 2NF. Cost: £5 per session or £45 per term (10 sessions per term). Contact: David Faulkner on 01837 53754 or david@wrenmusic.co.uk. More details www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

Phil Beer Gig News
According to Phil Beer's recently updated website www.philbeer.co.uk he has the following solo, Phil Beer Band and Feast of Fiddles gigs lined up locally in 2014 (box office contacts are generally given there, although whether tickets are on sale yet is another matter):
Friday 10 January 2014 - Phil Beer solo - Brixham Theatre
Friday 31 January 2014 - Phil Beer solo - Colebrook Parish Hall
Sunday 2 February 2014 - Phil Beer solo - Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Club, Passage House Inn, Kingsteignton
Sunday 9 February 2014 7.45pm - Phil Beer solo - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill
Friday 28 February 2014 - Phil Beer Band - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Saturday 1 March 2014 - Phil Beer Band - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Sunday 2 March 2014 - Phil Beer Band - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
Wednesday 9 April 2014 - Feast Of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange
Friday 6 June 2014 - Phil Beer solo - The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Saturday 13 September 2014 - Phil Beer solo - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton

Meanwhile Steve Knightley is doing this:
Steve Knightley's 'Grow Your Own Gig' - see www.growyourowngig.co.uk for details, and Steve's solo dates which currently include (again, box office contacts are generally given there, but tickets may not be on sale yet):
Thursday 9 January 2014 - Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter 01392 210983
Wednesday 29 January 2014 - Kingsand Village Hall 01579 347483
Saturday 1 February 2014 - Modbury Village Hall 01752 893051
Friday 28 February 2014 - Bow Village Hall 01363 82379
Sunday 18 May 2014 - Lympstone Village Hall 07771 558914


Session News from the 'Acoustic Calendar for Wessex'
(see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com) which as originator Tony Watts states "is all about DIY music (not concerts, gigs, ceilidhs etc). The purpose of the Calendar is to keep you informed of all the places where you can take your voice and/or instrument and join in or do your own thing". Tony's 'Wessex' coverage extends into our area and his most recent email updates include the following:
Torquay: Ryans Bar, 25 Abbey Rd TQ2 5NF (01803 292520) Every Wednesday, 8pm. Folk/acoustic jam session.
Bradninch (nr. Exeter): Ye Old White Lion, 26 High Street EX5 4QL (01392 881263, Gerard Edwards: 01392881105 ) Third Sunday of the month, 3pm. Music session.
Exeter: City Gate Hotel, Iron Bridge, Lower North Street EX4 3RB (01392 495811, citygate@youngs.co.uk)
Third Thursday of the month, 7.30pm in the function room. Music session. Previously listed as being on a Tuesday.
Exeter: Wells Tavern, 31 Well St. EX4 6QL (01392 424020)
Third Thursday of each month, 8pm. “Lively, energetic sessions with a mixture of songs and tunes. All welcome!” Run by Exeter University Folk Society. Previously on other Thursdays.
Exmouth: Beacon Vaults, Beacon Hill EX8 1PB (01395 488806)
Alternate Thursdays, 8.30pm - 10.30pm. “Instrumental session, mostly but not exclusively English. Good bus and train links, free parking in London Inn public car park only 100 yards away plus plenty of on street parking.” FREE PINT for performers. Previously on the fourth Thursday of the month.
Exeter: The Great Western Hotel, St David's EX4 4NU (01392 274039, enquiries@greatwesternhotel.co.uk) First & third Thursdays of the month, 8.30-ish. Irish session. Discontinued.
Exmouth: The Bath House, Esplanade EX8 2AZ (01395 265030) Every Tuesday, 8.30pm. Open mic. Top of Form. Acoustic. All welcome. Defunct.


Feature: Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre
Friday 22 November - Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds - www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/adrian-edmondson-the-bad-shepherds
Sunday 24 November - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/kathryn-roberts-sean-lakeman
New Wednesday 27 November - Braebach - www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/breabach.
New Wednesday 4 December - Chris Wood - www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/chris-wood
Thursday 12 December - John Smith - www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/john-smith
New Wednesday 18 December - Bella Hardy -  www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/bella-hardy

New 'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This brand new (a month ago) not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.
It's very difficult to categorise some performers, but here's a summary of the 'folkier' acts in the current published programme up to December:
22/11 Rue Royale; 23/11 Hayseed Dixie; 14/12 Mad Dog Mcrea - something for all tastes there! They're also all in the www.harbertonfolk.co.uk website Diary, with links to music/video samples in most cases.


Session news:
(nr Kingsbridge):- The newly refurbished Royal Oak, Malborough is ready so the next second Wedensday session will be on Weds 10th April at 8.30 pm.
New sessions:
Bradninch (nr Exeter):- The White Lion, 26 High Street EX5 4QL (01392 881263) - Trad session (gerard_joy@btinternet.com): Second Sunday of the month (September to April), 3pm to 6-ish. “Traditional music session around the fire in a friendly pub (English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, Breton music).”
Plymouth:- The Morley Arms, Billacombe Road PL9 7HP (01752 401191) - Bluegrass, blues and skiffle session: First Sunday of the month, 3pm to 6pm. (Reminder of existing session here: Music at The Morley: Third Sunday of the month, 3pm to 6pm. Open acoustic session. “Come along whether you be a player, singer, or enthusiastic hand-clapper or egg-shaker.”).

Buckfastleigh Mixed Voice A Cappella Choir - Recruiting
‘The Lost Sound’ is a small (24 singers), mixed voice, a cappella choir based in Buckfastleigh with a strong folk element. They have received an extremely warm response to their performances throughout 2012, especially from The Dart Music festival and Night of 1000 voices at Exeter Cathedral. They are looking to take on new singers in the Alto and Female tenor sections who have some harmony experience and who can learn quickly. For more info see www.singingandbreathing.co.uk or call Sandra on 01364 643105.

North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').


North Devon/West Somerset music listings
Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.


Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.


1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.


A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf


New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

More folk/roots music on local radio - Phonic FM (106.8 in Exeter; www.phonic.fm worldwide)
Martin Henning, Rich Cooke and Martin Hodge present 'Roots & Shoots' every Monday 6-8pm. They play folk/roots music from around the world and always include local music, often featuring live music - our next scheduled performers being Mad Dog McRea on Monday 10 May.


An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"


A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.


Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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